Rare is the treat of exceptional storytelling. ZBS (short for Zero Bull Shit) has been producing Ruby: The Adventures of a Galactic Gumshoe for 45 years now. (Yes, since 1970.) Wracking up an hundreds of hours of radio drama is no small effort which requires tons of money, and yet, despite this, ZBS is offering up the entirety of Ruby’s first series for free.
My own personal love for Ruby and (ZBS’ other works) began three years ago when I came across a link (from where only the Internet gods know) that lead me straight to a land of fantasy land of work that reminded me of of the excitement of growing up in the 70s and 80s landscape of space exploration dreams. Now I understand that that’s probably of no more interest to younger people who grew up in a different world, than of 50s and 60s classic cars are to me (that’s my dad’s passion). It’s humor and adventure and sexy aliens all rolled into one, and then some. If you’re willing to try something new, willing to let yourself be sucked into a world of storytelling, then don’t miss this, whomever you are. And even if you don’t get in on the free week of series one, check out the Vimeo link below (of more recently produced work), you’ll fall in love, I promise.
Here’s Boing Boing’s link for more information on ZBS, Cory’s (quick) story on his first meet with Ruby, and an interview with ZBS’s mastermind Thomas Lopez.
Check out a sample of Ruby’s ninth series (episode one) on Vimeo, or just leap before you look and grab the whole shebang at the ZBS website. Don’t forget to put something in the tip jar below the link to help support this fine group though. As I said, it’s been 45 years in the making, and many fine people have put their hearts and souls into it.